Jaap de Roode
Professor of Biology
Jaap received his MSc in Population Biology from Wageningen University in the Netherlands and his PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He is interested in the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases, and currently studies infectious diseases of monarch butterflies, honey bees and humans.
Erik obtained a Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences at the University of Georgia and has worked as grower at several commercial greenhouses. Since November 2017, he has been in charge of the Biology Department’s greenhouse, facilitating monarch butterfly work in the de Roode and Gerardo labs.
Joselyne received her BA in Biology: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from Barnard College, Columbia University. She is the Research Specialist for the de Roode and Gerardo labs. Her interests include the effects of climate change and other environmental factors on monarch-milkweed system and the application of chemical ecology techniques to better understand the mechanisms involved in the symbiosis and how those interactions have evolved over time.
PBEE Graduate Student
Mitchell obtained his MSc in Biology from the University of Cincinnati and is currently a PhD student in Emory’s PBEE program. His work has focused on movement ecology and sensory biology. His current research interests are using the monarch butterfly as a model to study how parasitism interferes with animal migration and the influence this has on the development of sedentary populations.
PBEE Graduate Student
Mackenzie obtained her BSc in Biology from the University of Central Arkansas and is currently a PhD student in Emory’s PBEE program. Her work focuses on chemical ecology and budget energy modeling. She is interested in understanding how climate change may alter host-parasite interactions, and uses monarch butterflies, their milkweed plants and their protozoan parasites as a model system.
Gabe obtained his MS in bioinformatics at Georgia Tech and is an incoming PhD student in the Population Biology, Ecology, and Evolution program at Emory. Gabe’s work focuses on understanding how ecological and environmental factors influence organismal development. He uses the interaction between monarch butterflies, their protozoan parasite, and the milkweeds they feed on as a model system to study how an organism’s ecology influences its development at the molecular level.
Emmanuel is a biology major and interested in the biology of host-parasite interactions. He is studying the genetic basis of host resistance to parasitism in monarch butterflies.
Jimmy is a biology major and interested in microbiology. He is studying the microbiome of different milkweed species, and their role in driving the gut microbiome of monarch butterflies.
Emma is a pre-dental biology major and interested in monarch biology and host-parasite interactions. She is studying the role of milkweed chemicals in providing resistance to parasite infection in monarch butterflies.
Kunsang is a Human Health major and interested in the role of environmental change on host-parasite interactions. He is investigating how climate change will alter milkweed chemicals and thereby monarch resistance to parasitism.
Tristan is a biology major who is interested in how climate change affects the tri-trophic interaction between monarchs, milkweeds, and parasites.
Thesis title: “Studies of local adaptation and ecological determinants of infection in a monarch butterfly parasite interaction”
Thesis title: “Determining the effects of animal migration and range expansion on population genetics”
Thesis title: “Genetics and human management in Varroa destructor parasitism”
Thesis title: “The role of medicinal food plants in mediating the gut microbiome and disease resistance in monarch butterflies”
Thesis title: “Effects of parasites on host adaptation: immune system trade-offs, alternative behavioral defenses, and outcrossing rates”
Thesis title: “Within-host competition and evolution of drug resistance in Plasmodium falciparum”
Thesis title: “Ecological immunology in a tri-trophic context: plant-mediated defense and immune gene evolution in monarch butterflies”
Thesis title: “The evolution of virulence in heterogeneous host populations”
Thesis title: “Within-host ecology: parasitism over a changing landscape”
Thesis title: “Assessing competition between drug resistant and drug sensitive parasites in natural populations of Plasmodium falciparum”
Thesis title: “Dynamics of multiple matings in monarch butterflies”
Thesis title: “Risk-based plasticity of self-medication behavior in Drosophila melanogaster”